I think that first book taught me how much "stick-with-it-ness" is necessary to conceive of a novel then bring it all the way to "the end." Once I finished that first one, I knew I had the persistence and drive to do it again.
The questions usually come together as I'm going through the manuscript in the revision stage. As I'm rereading the story (usually after putting it to the side to "rest" for a little while), themes and discussion points jump out at me and I jot them down. I really like the process of thinking through what might give book clubs good jumping off points for discussion.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The middle is always the hardest part for me! I tend to start off with a bang, very excited about the characters and settings and conflicts I've dreamed up in my mind, but as soon as I get somewhere near the 30K word mark, things slow down and I start to wonder if the story is as good as I thought it was at the beginning. The middle is where I have to grin and bear it until I get closer to the end, when things start rolling again.
What’s the best encouragement you’ve had in your writing?
What is the best writing advice you’ve received or could give?
One of the writing “rules” you mention on your website is to only send query letters on Tuesday! I’ve never heard that one before. Can you explain it?
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